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Latest Sandusky Victim Files Suit
Man claiming to be Sandusky shower victim plans lawsuit
Thursday, July 26, 2012
By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jerry Sandusky is led in handcuffs by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau after being found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
The man claiming to be the person who was sexually assaulted by Jerry Sandusky in a Penn State locker room shower in 2001 plans to sue the university.
The announcement was made by his attorneys this afternoon. No paperwork has been filed, and it is unclear what jurisdiction will be used.
"Our client suffered extensive sexual abuse over many years both before and after the 2001 incident Michael McQueary witnessed in the Penn State Lasch building shower," the attorneys said. "Penn State has now admitted, and there is no longer any question, that its top officials could have and should have prevented these acts. Jerry Sandusky's abuse of Victim 2 and other children is a direct result of a conspiracy to conceal Sandusky's conduct and the decisions by top Penn State officials that facilitated and enabled his access to victims."
Prosecutors had attempted, unsuccessfully, to find the young man assaulted in the shower. He did not come forward to testify at Mr. Sandusky's trial last month in Centre County.
Eight young men did testify against Mr. Sandusky, though, and he was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts against him. A sentencing date has not been set.
The attorneys representing alleged Victim No. 2, Joel Feller and Matt Casey of Philadelphia, and Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin, of State College, also represent Victims No. 3, 7 and 10, as well as Mr. Sandusky's adopted son, Matt Sandusky, who came forward during the trial and said he also had been abused.
According to today's statement, the lawyers have a number of voicemails left by Mr. Sandusky for Victim No. 2 last fall. They released two of them, saying that they "indicate Sandusky was attempting to exert control over our client even as his arrest for child sexual abuse became imminent."
In the first, 32-second message left on Sept. 12, Mr. Sandusky identifies himself as "Jere," and said, "Probably ought to just go forward. Uh. I would be very firm and express my feelings, uh, upfront. Um. But, uh, you know, there's nothing really to hide, so. If you want, give me a call. Take care, love you, hope you get this message. Thanks"
The next message, which lasts 18 seconds, recorded on Sept. 19, said,
". . . Just calling to see, you know, whether you had any interest in going to the Penn State game this Saturday. Uh. If you could get back to me and let me know, uh, I would appreciate it and when you get this message, uh, give me a call and I hope to talk to you later. Thanks. I love you."